For almost two decades, Kelly and her partner Lisa Grossman have lived in a very, very small house in Lawrence, Kansas. She works part-time at The Raven Bookstore, a small independent bookstore in Lawrence, which survived a Borders within 1,000 feet that has since closed, but may not survive e-books, and the decline of reading altogether. She tries not to despair about this.
Kelly was a fiction fellow in the University of Montana’s creative writing program and has received fellowships from the Missouri Arts Council and the Kansas Arts Commission. Her work has been published in anthologies and literary journals, including Laurel Review, Literary Bird Journal, Coal City Review, and Muse & Stone. My Almost Certainly Real Imaginary Jesus is her first book.